Trans­porta­tion depart­ment re­jects cross­walk pro­posal in Cen­tral Onslow

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - HARRY SULLIVAN

CEN­TRAL ONSLOW, N.S. – A re­quest for a cross­walk near the area of Ti­dal Bore Road has been de­nied by the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal

A let­ter to Colch­ester County Coun­cil from Dis­trict Traf­fic Su­per­vi­sor Deborah Macin­nis said the de­ci­sion was based on a seven-hour traf­fic count con­ducted on March 28 near the in­ter­sec­tion of Ti­dal Bore Road on Route 2 in Cen­tral Onslow.

“Dur­ing this pe­riod, two pedes­tri­ans were ob­served cross­ing Trunk 2,” Macin­nis said, in her let­ter. “Fre­quent gaps in the ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic stream were avail­able for pedes­tri­ans to safely cross Trunk 2 at Ti­dal Bore Road, there­fore an ar­ti­fi­cial gap (cross­walk) is not war­ranted at this time.”

Mar­i­anne Cul­lip, owner of Fundy Gem­stone Town­houses who ini­ti­ated a pe­ti­tion to have a cross­walk es­tab­lished, said she was sur­prised by the de­ci­sion.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed that they came up with that as­sump­tion,” she said.

Macin­nis’s let­ter did not de­fine the time of day dur­ing which the study was held and Cul­lip ques­tioned why it would be done dur­ing such a cold time of year.

Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada records, the tem­per­a­tures for that day ranged be­tween a high of 6.4 de­grees C to a low of -9.6 de­grees C.

Ti­dal Bore Road is a dead-end street and se­niors from the town­house com­plex had pre­vi­ously stated they like to walk there be­cause of the low level of traf­fic. But they have to cross Route 2 in or­der to ac­cess it. In­ter­est was also ex­pressed about start­ing a walk­ing club, which could in­crease the num­ber of se­niors cross­ing the road.

Cul­lip said she is par­tic­u­larly sur­prised by the de­ci­sion given the area is slated to be in­cluded in the prov­ince’s cycling net­work, the Blue Route.

“It just seems to be in keep­ing with their plans,” Cul­lip said, adding she is not ready to ac­cept de­feat on the mat­ter.

“I’m go­ing to be in con­tact with the county and the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion,” she said.

Mayor Chris­tine Blair said she fully an­tic­i­pates that Cul­lip will be fol­low­ing up on the mat­ter but feels a cross­walk would be suitable pro­vid­ing the area were prop­erly signed in ad­vance of the area.

“I would sup­port what­ever is the safest for res­i­dents to cross that road,” she said.

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